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This volume deals with macro-level system issues and micro-level issues involving provision of health care as related to major health problems or population health concerts. It examines social, demographic and structural problems, and a wide variety of major health problems including chronic illnesses, mental illness, serious acute health problems, and disabilities that require health care. Some of the specific health problems covered include major chronic health problems such as coronary heart diseases and arthritis, as well as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, obesity and how to deal with obesity, mental health concerns, poverty, homelessness and health care problems with a focus on urban contexts within the United States. The volume includes a focus on the perspectives of patients, providers, and also the relevant links with healthy policy.